Without treatment, female pattern hair loss can progress from a widening part to overall thinning. Not every women who has this type of hair loss will develop overall thinning.
Is your part widening? Have you noticed that your ponytail is thinner these days? You may have female pattern hair loss (FPHL), a condition that affects millions of women. FPHL is actually the most-common cause of hair loss in women.
For most women, FPHL begins in midlife, when a woman is in her 40s, 50s, or 60s. It can begin earlier for some women. FPHL is a progressive condition. This means women tend to continue losing hair. Women, however, do not lose all of their hair, as do some men. Instead, your part often gets wider. Hair near your temples may recede. Without treatment, some women eventually develop widespread thinning. Some women are left with no other option but to undergo a hair transplant surgery to gain their confidence back and style their crowning glory once again.
To give women optimal results, dermatologists may use more than one hair-loss treatment. For FPHL, treatment options include:
Minoxidil: Long used to treat male pattern hair loss, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this non-prescription treatment for women. Today, it is the most-recommended treatment for FPHL. Products containing 2% minoxidil have been approved to treat FPHL.
Spironolactone: This medication is a diuretic, which has been prescribed for decades to treat hair loss. It is a common treatment for FPHL because it can help restore hair growth and prevent hair loss from worsening.
Before taking spironolactone, be sure to tell your dermatologist about your medical conditions, including kidney and adrenal gland problems. Also, be sure that your dermatologist knows all the medications and supplements you take.
Your dermatologist may prescribe another medication to treat FPHL, such asflutamide or dutasteride.
Hair transplant: Long used to treat hair loss in men, a hair transplant may be an option for some women with FPHL. The hair transplant has come a long way since the days of hair plugs. Today, most hair transplants look completely natural.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a hair transplant though. If the hair on your scalp is sparse all over, you may not have enough healthy hair to transplant. A hair transplant surgeon, many of whom are dermatologists, can tell you if a hair transplant may help restore your hair.
To check if you are a candidate for a hair transplant, you may book a free consultation at www.nuhartclinic.com.ph or visit our clinic at Nu/Hart Hair Restoration Philippines.